Change is difficult for the film industry, but for Christopher Nolan, it isn’t even on the table. The filmmaker has stayed firm about the distribution plan for his films, dismissing the option to take his wares to the streamers no matter how much money they’re ready to throw at him, as a strong supporter of the big-screen experience. Nolan’s capacity to look down his nose at shifting distribution paradigms has become a futile exercise in flame-throwing during the last year. Most recently, he chastised Warner Bros. for releasing all of their 2021 titles on the same day in the midst of the epidemic.
At a time when exhibition is in desperate straits, Nolan’s theatrical-first policy is a commendable kind of cultural activism. Netflix, on the other hand, isn’t the antichrist of the theater, and it’s frantically trying to strike a balance between the foundations of its business model and the industry’s desire to maintain big-screen experiences. Few directors have the pleasure of seeing the world’s largest streaming company plead to win them over, as Nolan does. That gives him leverage: he can use it to continue creating films on his own terms while also pressuring Netflix to consider a more expansive policy for theatrical releases. Fighting for the survival of the theater experience isn’t a simple task. IMDB